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Taking a look at Oley Valley vs. Fleetwood, Exeter vs. Tulpehocken in Berks boys soccer semifinals

In one matchup, there’s plenty of history.

In the other, not so much, at least recently.

Top-seeded Fleetwood and two-time defending champ Oley Valley, the fifth seed, will add the latest chapter to their rivalry when they meet Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Fleetwood in one BCIAA boys soccer semifinal.

In the other semifinal, seventh-seeded Exeter will face third-seeded Tulpehocken at New Schaefferstown at 7 p.m. in what will be the first meeting between the schools since 2014 and the first in the postseason since 2011.

The winners will play in the championship game Thursday, site and time to be determined.

The Tigers (14-5) and Lynx (13-4-1), neighboring school districts, are facing each other in the Berks playoffs for the fourth straight season and the fifth time in six years.

Last year, Oley downed Fleetwood 5-1 in the final. The year before, the Lynx won 4-3 in overtime in the semis, then lost 3-0 to the Tigers in the District 3 Class 2A semis.

In 2018, Fleetwood won 6-0 in the semis on the way to winning the title; in 2016, the Lynx won 1-0, also in the semis, also en route to the title.

In Saturday’s quarterfinals, Berks II champ Fleetwood advanced with a 3-2 win over Brandywine Heights.

Davin Millisock had two goals and Oscar Flores a goal and an assist.

Flores leads the balanced Tigers in scoring with 20 points (six goals, eight assists). He’s followed by Millisock (six goals, seven assists), Malachi Herndon (six goals, one assist), Joshua Candelario (four goals, two assists) and Owen Schlegel (four goals, two assists).

Oley, looking to win its fourth county title in six years, defeated Conrad Weiser 3-2 in the quarters.

Chase Reifsnyder, last year’s Berks Player of the Year, had two goals and Nathan Pufko had two assists for the Lynx, an at-large entry in the tournament..

Anthony Witt leads the Lynx in scoring with 42 points (15 goals, 12 assists). Oley, which ranks second in the county with 63 goals, has gotten double-digit points from Danny Turchi (15 goals, eight assists), Reifsnyder (11 goals, seven assists), Nate Fatkin (seven goals, four assists) and Josey Williamson (four goals, seven assists).

Reifsnyder has a history of success against the Tigers. He had two goals in last year’s final and scored the winner in overtime in the 2019 Berks semis.

As mentioned, there’s not much recent history between the Berks I champion Eagles (7-9-3) and Berks III runner-up Trojans (14-3-2).

The two teams met in non-league games three straight seasons from 2012-14 following a bit of a run in the Berks playoffs.

From 2006-11, Exeter and Tulpehocken faced off four times in the county semis.

The Eagles won in 2006 and 2008; the Trojans won in 2010 and 2011, that last game 4-3 in double OT as Tulpehocken went on to win the title.

That’s long ago, of course, to today’s players.

More relevant is that Exeter earned its first Berks playoff win since 2015 when it beat Wyomissing 1-0 on a goal by Harrison Davis on Saturday.

Tulpehocken moved on with a 6-0 victory over Gov. Mifflin as Erick Sanchez had three goals and Mason Lillis a goal and two assists.

Justin Kinney leads the Eagles with 12 points (five goals, two assists). Davis has three goals and five assists. Exeter is looking to win its first championship since 2014.

Lillis leads the Trojans and is second in the county with 44 points (19 goals, six assists). Sanchez has 10 goals and 11 assists, Eliecer Aguirre 10 goals and seven assists, and Aidan Miller four goals and two assists.

Tulpehocken has allowed a county-low eight goals. No other team has allowed less than 16.

Source: Berkshire mont

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